Political Action Updates

  • English and Math Standards

    10.19.2016/Political Action
    On September 21, 2016, the State Education Department released a first draft of the NYS English and Mathematics Learning Standards.  Commissioner Elia and the SED are claiming the work done over the past year has resulted in "...
  • Phone banking for public education

    09.27.2016/Political Action
    Last year, Bay Shore School District faced an unprecedented attack from a charter school.  Many of you came out to oppose the charter school and to support our school district.  One of the elected officials who joined us in that...
  • Pledge to vote

    09.25.2016/Political Action
    As a block of voters, teachers in New York State can have a major impact on elections both on a state and local level. However, last year less than 1/3 of teachers who were registered to vote actually did so. These numbers must...
  • Key US Lawmakers hails partnership with AFT

    08.02.2016/Political Action
    AFT delegates reserved time to hear from Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), one of the union's most effective partners in Congress on issues that range from federal action on workplace violence to securing the Every Student Succeeds Act,...
  • Minnesota senators lift up labor and elections

    08.01.2016/Political Action
    Al Franken may be funny-he was a comedian before he became a U.S. senator from Minnesota-but he and Amy Klobuchar, the state's senior senator, are serious about their commitment to the labor movement. Both spoke passionately...
  • Time to take action on ESSA

    07.25.2016/Political Action
    John King and the USDOE have written regulations to carry out ESSA.  As we suspected he is attempting to use the USDOE to overstep their authority onto the states. We need to send in recommendations to the USDOE before August 1st...
  • We Need to Act Now

    06.15.2016/Political Action
    We need your help NOW to fight several bills in Albany that attack public education and teachers. The Senate Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference want to push through legislation that strips millions of...
  • Assembly introduces APPR Legislation

    06.10.2016/Political Action
    Assembly Education Chair Catherine Nolan (D-Queens), Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and 90 of their colleagues have introduced legislation (A.10569) that would amend current law to allow districts to operate under approved Annual...
  • More than half of eligible LI students opt out of Common Core test

    04.11.2016/Political Action
    This article first appeared in Newsday. More than half of Long Island students eligible to take the state Common Core test in English Language Arts refused to take the exam this week, according to a Newsday survey of public...
  • Education Forum on March 31 at 6:30PM

    03.31.2016/Political Action
    Dear BSCTA member,    As the 2016 school year moves along, we, as educators, continue to face an atmosphere of uncertainty as to what the future holds. Governor Cuomo’s public education agenda continues to be front-and-center on...
  • NYSUT congratulates Betty Rosa and T. Andrew Brown on election as Regents leaders

    03.22.2016/Political Action
    New York State United Teachers today congratulated Betty Rosa on her election as the new chancellor of the Board of Regents and T. Andrew Brown on his election as vice chancellor.  NYSUT President Karen E. Magee said union...
  • NYSUT Opt Out Fact Sheet

    03.16.2016/Political Action
    Parents and teachers share deep concerns about the standardized tests used by New York State for accountability purposes. Those include: stress on students, in-appropriateness and lack of validity of the Common Core-aligned tests...

Pages